Our Mission:


"To increase the social and economic independence of disadvantaged youth."


In order to reclaim the inherent strengths of youth entrusted to our care we will help them focus on:


Restoring positive values

Experiencing positive attachments with adults and peers

Experiencing positive personal achievements

Experiencing the process of helping and giving to others

Experiencing personal responsibility and choices

Preparing for successful transition after graduation through job readiness, independent living skills and

academic remediation or acceleration




At Gulf Coast Trades Center we will passionately create predictable, nurturing, living, and learning environments built on the belief that positive adult relationships are critical for positive youth development and long term behavioral change is achieved through “coaching and teaching” rather than controlling and punishing youth.




We expect our youth to leave Gulf Coast with:


An appreciation for lifelong learning

Basic job readiness skills

Enhanced academic competencies, which may include a diploma or GED

Renewed sense of belonging

Age appropriate social competencies

Improved self esteem

An altruistic outlook on life

A positive value system

A sense of personal and civic responsibility


Philosophy Statement:


At Gulf Coast Trades Center we believe in the resiliency of disadvantaged and discouraged youth and believe they possess the inherent strengths to be competent and successful once these strengths are reclaimed. Crises and problems are seen as opportunities for new learning.


We believe that youth and adults must have five basic core needs met in order to be happy, content and therefore successful. Our Strength-based Circle of Courage identifies these needs and guides all our helping efforts.




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We are currently in a collaboration with Montgomery County United Way and Healing Hands Ranch to teach our kids horticulture and aquaponics!

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The Gulf Coast Trades Center and Raven Charter School District prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I, WIOA on the basis of citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States or his or her participation in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer is Dr. Dale Underwood, at Email: dale.underwood@gctcw.org and Phone: (936) 344-6677.

Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly, TX